Updated: May 22
It was a great pleasure to see SHAMUS DUST shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize and was a Finalist for the Montaigne Medal.
And it was an even greater honor to learn today that it's one of only three in the Mystery /Crime category singled out for an Honorable Mention. Three Award Seals for one book!
And as icing on the cake the Eric Hoffer Award Sponsor, the US Review of Books, has published the judges’ remarks in their publication. Here's what they say about SHAMUS DUST: HARD WINTER, COLD WAR, COOL MURDER:
"The book reads like a snappy Raymond Chandler crime noir, with the backdrop of a dreary 1940s postwar London and a mysterious death to be solved. The author focuses the narrative on a detective navigating the gritty underworld to solve a murder, but things become increasingly complex and interconnected. The plot moves swiftly and with clear direction, and the author adeptly creates believable characters with memorable dialogue. The author is masterful at cultivating and elevating the mystery by using the setting as itself a place of shadow and intrigue; the reader feels the chill of a winter in London as the chill of murder and danger. The book gets my highest recommendation."
The Eric Hoffer Book Award
honors the memory of the great American moral and social philosopher and holder of the Presidential Medal of Freedomin February, Eric Hoffer. Since its inception in 2001, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.
Did you know?
Eric Hoffer was born in 1898 and lived until 1983. Aged five, he suffered a serious injury which resulted in the complete loss of his hearing two years later. But then, when he was fifteen, suddenly and inexplicably it returned. And from then on, he took every opportunity to read as many boods as he could. He also wrote ten books, including The True Believer (1951), which was widely recognized as a classic.